Sunday, August 15, 2010

Star Wars Celebration V Day 3, Pt 2

Thanks to my battling a slight case of Con Crud, we didn't make it out to Star Wars Celebration on Sunday. So, this wrap-up of Saturday's activities will be my final convention post. (Commence rejoicing or grieving, as the case may be.)

Kids today. No fear of the Dark Lord at all. *tsk tsk*

This kind of feels like the world's more awkward family portrait.

We had at least one couple (not this one) stop, pose for the photo, and then resume arguing all without missing a beat. It was pretty hilarious.

This art display was fantastic:

And as an art nut, I was thrilled to see Christian Waggoner doing some live painting:

He's famous for his hyper-realistic Star Wars reflections paintings. Check the link above for more.

I also love chalk art, so it was fun to check in on this guy throughout the weekend:

I don't have a finished shot since we skipped Sunday, so if any of you have one, let me know!

UPDATE: Many thanks to Frank F. for sending me this finished shot!

Love the colors.

More costumes!

Believe it or not, there's actually a guy in this suit. We watched him get helped into it, and then shuffle along a few feet before being mobbed by folks wanting to take his picture.

Um. So...there's that.

John had remarked the other day that it would be funny to show up in a Star Trek costume. Apparently this guy agreed:


Star Wars Laser Tag, anyone?

This stormtrooper was having a bit of fun:

The sign on his chest said, "Please do not touch the display." Heheheh. Reminds me of the time I accidentally scared the bejeepers out of some poor old lady when I was in full clown make-up, leaning against a wall. She nearly hit the ceiling when I wished her a good afternoon.

And now, the part you've all been waiting for...

This band of trouble-makers is about to make my day.

John and I headed back to the droid room to meet up with Ethan, a fan and droid builder who'd asked if I would sign something for his wife.

Here's Ethan's droid:

After we chatted for a while, Ethan asked if I'd like to try driving it. Which is kind of like asking if I'd like brownies for breakfast. Frankly, it was all I could do not to snatch the controller out of his hands and go gleefully sprinting from the room. Assuming I could figure out which way was forward, of course.

Anyway, after successfully mastering the "spin the head around" control, I began experimenting with knocking the metal stanchion poles over - although not intentionally. ("Which way is forward, again?")

Then the Jawas showed up.

First, they cautiously inspected the droid.

When I spun his head around, they all jumped and whipped out their blasters:

After a few more rounds of me attempting to scare them off (ie spinning the droid in circles) they got really bold:

I think this is the Star Wars equivalent of getting your hubcaps stolen.

I thought Ethan might intervene, but he was laughing too hard. :) I guess it's a good thing they only looked like they were prying bits off for spare parts.

Well, guys, that's it for me! John & I also skipped the special after-hours Star Wars party out at Disney Hollywood Studios Saturday night, but if you check out Inside the Magic's page here you can watch lots of videos on the special shows and events.

Now I'm off to finish some laundry, catch up on e-mail, and continue watching John slave away on my office remodel. Oh, and you're going to LOVE what we're doing for the small desk. [rubbing hands together gleefully] Muwahhahah!


  1. Oh my! I'm completely in love with the droid story :D THANK YOU for letting me vicariously attend with you.

  2. LOL! I was just thinking, "Wouldn't it be hilarious if someone showed up in trekkie costume like I would coz its fun to play silly like that", and the very next picture was the trek dude! Love it!

    I'm not a Wars fan but I am a fan of fellow geeks. Power to us!

  3. Love love love the Jawas and Ethan's R2 unit. :)

    My 11 yo SW fan has been asking me when we could go to a convention like this one... :)

    Jen, John, thanks for letting us attend vicariously through you! :)

  4. Love all these pics! Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

  5. I wish I could see video from that droid tale.

    Sorry you weren't feeling well enough to go on Sunday.medgm

  6. <3 these posts!!! I am SO jealous of you guys!! Some day....some day I *have* to make it to this!!!!

  7. "Reminds me of the time I accidentally scared the bejeepers out of some poor old lady when I was in full clown make-up, leaning against a wall."

    I'd really like to hear the whole story on this one!

  8. Thank you for this lovely opportunity to live vicariously through your visit. Those lego models were incredible! I'm going to have to get out there someday...

  9. I am exceedingly impressed over the Jaxxon (big green rabbit) costume. He's straight out of the Star Wars comic books.

    Yes, I'm a geek. Sorry about that.
    Well, not really. But you get the idea.

    Anyway, I'm impressed that someone thought to actually make a Jaxxon costume. It's awesome, but not as awesome as the Ephant Mon (the elephant looking costume that you said actually had a guy in it). THAT IS AMAZING!!!!

    Still extremely jealous. I soooo wanted to go.

  10. Awww, now I'm jealous.

    Loved these pixs. It was like being there without the crowds or the stunning ticket prices.

    Can't wait till your next con.

    wv: sunces. I was laughing too hard at the droid vs. jawas story to talk in complete sunces.

  11. I've LOVED all the pics. Every night, I've given my husband updates, encouraging him to visit your blog. He smiled last night and said, "You've become a geek, haven't you?"

  12. Totally cracking up at the droid-jawa story! How awesome is that?!?!

  13. jedijson beat me to it! My first thought on seeing the green rabbit with a blaster was "Jeez, Jaxxon has put on some weight!" What an awesome costume!

  14. All your pictures are awesome!

  15. So glad you enjoyed Ethan's droid (I am his wife, btw, thanks for going out of your way to meet him at the convention, it made my day even though I couldn't be there!). It was really fun to be able to show the girls at work how cool my geeky hubby is, and to be able to actually see some of the fun times he's been having over the last week... Thanks for posting these!

  16. OK - I so have to go to this next year. Maybe I could find a way to surprise my husband with a trip?? I like SW -he's the real fanatic. You do *not* want to play Star Wars trivial pursuit with the man. (OK - on second thought, maybe *you* do) So sorry you missed the last day. Hope you're feeling better.

  17. What about Stacy from Pink Five? Did anyone show up as her?

  18. Jen - we saw not one but 4 Trekkies through out the day on Saturday, at convention and at the Disney party. We thought someone should have thrown them the right shirt to wear!

    We had a great time at convention - were there most of Thurs., all day Friday and Saturday, and no Sunday for us. Did you get to see Lucas? That was a high point for us - esp. since he had Hamill and Fisher too.

    If you'd like to see some of our pics, I'd be honored if you stop by my blog -

    Glad to hear you had a good time but sorry you got the crud.

  19. BTW Jen - did you dress up in costume at all?

  20. I loved the droid story, and all of the Con pictures. I didn't get to make it to this con, but I think one of these years I will have too, it just looked like too much fun!

  21. Ha!
    I am new to the geek world, though I did watch Spiderman every single day when I came home from kindergarten. I'm curious, what would your superhero look like if you designed it at

  22. When you started talking about chalk art, I got super excited and though this guy may have been there -

    Can you imagine? geek-related 3D sidewalk art?!?

  23. Hey Jen, did you see this

    I thought you would get a kick out of the robot topper.

  24. Now I NEED to go to a starwars celebration!!! And make an elaborate costume!!! My husband is looking at me like I'm posessed. btw- LOVE the new blog.

  25. LOL! My friend just directed me here, I am the Snowbunny Padmé you have talking with the Gamorrean Guard!


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